Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, 1993 - Science - 276 pages
7 Reviews
Did you know that for every pound of human beings in the world there are estimated to be three hundred pounds of bugs? That 25 percent of all animal species are beetles? That dragonflies can fly sixty miles per hour? That there may be fifty million midges in a single swarm? Whether or not you are curious about insects, Broadsides from the Other Orders is a bewitching mixture of facts of nature and perceptive reflections. The author of A Country Year and A Book of Bees now turns her attention to butterflies, midges and gnats, ladybugs, daddy longlegs, black flies, so-called killer bees, water striders, silverfish, katydids, dragonflies, gypsy moths, syrphid flies, and camel crickets. Aside from the fact that among themselves entomologists call all of them bugs, these insects have little in common; each is unique, plays a distinct role in its own ecosystem, and is as interesting to read about as is the most complex human being. A poll once revealed that 90 percent of all Americans profess to hate bugs, but Sue Hubbell writes with such wonder, affection, authority, and wit about these tiny creatures that any reader of this book will become absorbed by them as well. Her enchantment with them, and with the scientists who study them, some of whom we meet here, is further evidence that, in the words of The New York Times Book Review, "the real masterwork that Sue Hubbell has created is her life".

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs

User Review  - Goodreads

Sue Hubbell is a great writer and she explores gypsy months, butterflies, dragonflies, damselfies, black flies and silverfish. This isn't one of her best books-but it does provide insight of several of the more common bugs that we see. Read full review

Review: Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs

User Review  - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hubbell is an amateur naturalist (and professional apiarist) and this is a series of essays about various bugs and how they interact and impact our lives. She writes ... Read full review


Chapter II
Chapter III

11 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1993)

Sue Hubbell is the author of, among other works, A Country Year and A Book of Bees, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Maine and Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic information